Small Egyptian stone vessel

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Object: Small Egyptian stone vessel

Material: Egyptian alabaster, calcite type.

Period: Middle Kingdom of ancient Egypt,
11th to 12th dynasty,
approx. 2137 BC to 1781 BC.

Description:    Elegant vessel with slender foot and flat base. The high shoulder transitions into a tapered neck and thick flaring rim. It belongs to one of the rarer types of Egyptian stone vessels.

Background: The ancient Egyptian stone vessels are made to last. They are the perfect equipment for the afterlife. It is therefore no coincidence that the technology for working very hard and durable rock was developed in predynastic Egypt. The art was perfected over time and stone vessels were not only manufactured for the domestic market, but soon established themselves as sought-after export goods for the entire Eastern Mediterranean.
Due to their timeless elegance, the stone vessels are extremely popular to this day and never miss in any important collection of Egyptian antiquities.

Dimensions: 66mm height. 47mm diameter.

Condition: Very nice restoration from fragments with smaller additions.

Provenance: Acquired by us in 2020 on the British art market. Previously in a Swiss family collection, Zuerich. Acquired into the collection between 1975 and 1980 in Egypt, when the family lived in Cairo. Exported in 1980 when the family moved from Egypt to Switzerland.

References: Cf. Christie's, Antiquities, London, 2000 April 12th, lot no. 15.

Literature: A commendable collection of articles about ancient Egyptian stone vessels can be found in C. E. Loeben, Aegyptiaca Kestneriana, volume 1 (2020).

Authenticity: We unconditionally guarantee the authenticity of every artefact, all items are subject to our lifetime return policy on authenticity.